Underwater World

Room 13 inquiry topic has been Art in the Park, with a focus on Visual Arts. As a class 13 have been using their imagination as well as different artist’s work and book illustrations to inspire their own artwork. The students have been learning about different techniques and using a variety of materials to create an effective piece of artwork.  

Learning Intention: 

  • Use a variety of materials to create a piece of artwork and use layering for effect. 

  • Incorporate different types of lines into our artwork. 

  • Gain inspiration from artist’s artwork and use our imagination to create our own piece of artwork. 

First Miss Partridge read the book “The Rainbow fish” during Room 13’s shared reading time. The class noticed that the sea is made up of warm colours and “The Rainbow fish” is a mixture of both cool and warm colours. The students then created their own rainbow fish sun catcher by using a fish template printed out on a coloured card, the students folded their piece of card in half with the template side facing towards them. The next part was the tricky part, the students watched as Miss Partridge modelled cutting around inside the outline of the rainbow fish which the students then copied this step. 

After the inside of the rainbow fish had been cut out Room13 then got to work making their fish colourful. The students did this by using different coloured strips of pre-cut cellophane and slightly layering it on top of one another to create a scales like effect. The students used a paintbrush to apply the PVA glue to the cellophane. 





Room 13 then looked at different pictures of what the ‘real’ sea looks like with coral, seaweed and rocks. As a classroom, 13 discussed what types of lines could be used to create the sea and the coral. The students brainstormed different materials such as pipe cleaners, crêpe paper, cellophane, paper, squiggly scissors (pinking shares), coloured paper and felt that could be used to create a sea background where their Rainbow fish would live. 

If you used straight lines and then wavey lines that would look like the sea does when the waves are far out.  Skye.

To create the water the student’s used green and blue dye. Miss Partridge modelled to the class, how you can control how much dye you have on the paintbrush by wiping it off on the edge of the dye container. The students learned that this will help prevent blotches from appearing on the paper once the dye dries. Room 13 has also been learning to go in one direction when they are using paint, dye, crayons or colouring in pencils. 

The class then got to work using their imagination, the illustrations from “The Rainbow Fish book” and photographs of the sea,  as their inspiration. The students used materials such as felt, coloured paper, pipe cleaners and paper, to create their underwater world. The class learned you can use a variety of textures to add effect which will help to make your piece of artwork stand out.  

I used blue wavy lines to create waves and green dye to show that the ocean can be dirty.  Katie

I wanted the seaweed to pop out so  I used pipe cleaners and glued one end of the pipe cleaners down.  Matthew

You wipe your paintbrush so the dye doesn’t drizzle onto your artwork and show drips when it dries. I go in the same direction when I am painting and dying which makes it look neat and tidy when it’s finished. Emmy

I used paper and piper cleaners twirled together to make a shell, I used squiggly lines for the seaweed.  Kaley

I used Cellophane to create a treasure chest. Finn










Keywords: Rainbow Fish, materials, colourful.